ISO100, 70mm, f/13, 1/5 sec

Rancho Cordova (CA), Dam Gate, Streams of Water, Monochrome

ISO100, 70mm, f/13, 1/5 sec
Rancho Cordova (CA), Dam Gate, Streams of Water, Monochrome

For those readers that follow my photography through the blog or through FB (and eventually Instagram) know that I like to focus on small vignette of details when it comes to architecture and industrial subjects.  While a wide-angle shot may be more appealing to those who favor landscape photography, there are equally compelling compositions when we look a little closer.

Shooting Notes: There are considerations of shutter speed when shooting flowing water shots.  For most Nikkor/Nikon lens, the optimal aperture is f/8.  The problem with f/8 during daylight hours, even under cloudy skies and rain is that even at a wide open f/5.6 (using standard kit lenses) the shutter speed is a quick 1/50 to 1/80 seconds.  That results in not-quite water stopping shutter, but still fast.  I am a big proponent of smoothed out water features as it softens the water.  Photographs with freeze frame water has its place, usually to convey action – ocean waves splashing off rocks comes to mind.  Here smoothing out the water allows the streams of water, including the pattern of water coming out of the gates to more pronounced and defined.  That is exactly what I want to capture.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 70mm, f/13, 1/5 sec

Rancho Cordova (CA), Dam Gate, Streams of Water, Monochrome.  Nimbus Dam, American River, Rancho Cordova, CA. January 07, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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